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forward-delete (Del) key (if your keyboard has one) to delete the number to the right of it. · Double-click the portion of the number you want to change. For example, if a clip's Duration box says 10:00 (10 seconds), double-click the 10 to highlight it, type the new number (such as 07), and press Enter. (You must type a leading zero in front of a single-digit number, or else you'll get an error message.) In other words, when effciency counts, don't waste your time deleting the numbers that are already in the Duration box. Instead, double-click only the portion of it you want to change, and then type right over the highlighted digits. · Similarly, if you want to change both the seconds and the frames, drag directly across the right pair of numbers in the box. Type the new duration--seconds, a colon, and then frames--and then press Enter. · If you highlight the entire Duration box (by pressing c-A, for example, or by choosing EditSelect All), you can rapidly specify the new duration by just typing up the whole thing, including the colon, like this: 05:15. Phase 2: Specify the Ken Burns effect If you turn on the Ken Burns Effect checkbox at the top of the Photos panel, you unleash a wild and arresting feature: the ability to pan and zoom smoothly across photos, in essence animating them and directing the viewer's attention. Details on page 251. If you'd rather have your photo just pop onto the screen and remain stationary, make sure that the Ken Burns checkbox is turned off. (If you plan to export the movie to iDVD, however, you might want to read page 489 to fnd out why you'd want to apply Ken Burns to every photo, even motionless ones.) Phase 3: Insert the photo At last you're ready to put the picture into the movie (a phrase that would hopelessly confuse Hollywood executives who already refer to movies as pictures). You can do so in either of two ways: · Drag a photo out of the thumbnail palette and into the Movie Track. The other clips scoot out of the way to make room, and the photo becomes, in effect, a new silent video clip with the duration you specifed. (If you turned on the Ken Burns effect, iMovie takes a few moments to render the animation. The familiar red progress bar inches across the face of the clip.) · If you want the photo to drop into the end of the movie--as you might when as- sembling a slideshow, one photo at a time--click the Apply button. Tip: Speaking of slideshows: You can also drop a whole bunch of photos into the Movie Track at once. Select them in the Photos palette just as you would clips (page 120), then drag them en masse down to the Movie Track. Or click Apply to drop them all at the end of the Movie Track. Importing Still Images chapter9:stillpicturesandquicktimemovies 247